Friday, June 13, 2008

My comfort blanket

2D Mario games have a very special place in my heart. Their simplistic platforming is the closest I feel we can ever get to pure gaming. Their colorful style and carefully crafted levels appeal to in a way no other game can. Maybe it is because my first game was a Mario game, the game that made me fall in love with video games and has kept me hooked ever since.

These games have in a way also become my comfort blanket. Whenever I feel sad or worried they help to calm me down. When my life is changing they help to ease the transition with their never ending simple brand of fun. I have been having some problems in the family recently so I have been playing a lot of Super Mario World. Especially the beginning part of the game is absolutely wonderful. I have actually started an additional file so that I can go through the early parts of the game again as I finish up my first file.

The same goes for the first world in Super Mario Bros 3. I used to have that game on the computer back in school so that I could play through the first few levels between classes. I would do this again and again. Not only was it fun but it also helped me clear my head and relax me. The newer hand held versions of these games are a God sent. With their added save function and portable nature I can just open up my DS and visit the Mushroom Kingdom for a few minutes whenever I feel the need.

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